San Pedro Riverif you are not familiar with the San Pedro River Riparian Corridor, here is a bit of information. The San Pedro River emerges from just south of Sierra Vista, AZ and flows north for approximately 150 miles where it meets the Gila River. The only river left undammed in the Southwest, it is a major conservation corridor and home to hundreds of species of native and migratory birds and many diverse kinds of wildlife such as beaver and coati. Following are stories of life along this river and the effort to save it. Some of these articles are courtesy of the Friends of the San Pedro River. Please consider joining the conservation effort. If Birdwatching is your interest, please visit our 10 Best Birding Hotspots in Southern Arizona!

You can use the newly renovated and now open again, San Pedro House as a starting point for your adventures, hiking, birding and more. Cottonwoods offer plenty of shade in the summer. You may find docent tours offered from time to time to some of the more interesting spots along the San Pedro, such as the Clanton Ranch, Millville, and the infamous Charleston. These tours are usually free to members.

In addition to birdwatching, there are several places within the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, SPRNCA, worth visiting. Fairbank is a ghost town on the San Pedro River about 10 miles west of Tombstone. The Schoolhouse is usually open and a docent from the Friend of the San Pedro will be there to inform and assist you.

The Murray Springs Clovis Site is where Paleo-Indians camped while hunting large mammals. Not far away is a Mammoth-Kill site where these Stone Age people killed and butchered, not only mammoths, but also camels, tapirs, bison, and bears. This they excelled at, despite themselves being hunted by such monsters as Sabre-Tooth Tigers.

Below is a list of other San Pedro River stories that might interest you.

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